No Regrets From The School Shooter Game That Aims For Columbine Massacre Simulation

No Regrets From The School Shooter Game That Aims For Columbine Massacre Simulation

What kind of video game would proudly promote the option to wield Columbine shooter Eric Harris’ TEC-9 and Virgina Tech killer Seung-Hui Cho’s akimbo pistols while embarking on a murderous rampage? The unashamed School Shooter: North American Tour 2012, a new game mod “dedicated to being the best school shooting experience an angsty little shit could ever experience”.

The makers of School Shooter, a project built on Valve’s Source game engine and Half-Life 2, put players in the role of a “disgruntled student” with the singular goal of killing as many unarmed students in a five-minute spree. Each round ends with the player committing suicide by way of a self-inflicted gun shot wound.

School Shooter boasts a “weapon loadout system based on 4 real-life spree killers”, referencing the Columbine High School and Virginia Tech massacres, and, even more disturbing, the slashing attack at a Sasebo, Japan elementary school.

The developer of this designed-to-offend mod says in a new interview with The Escapist that the inspiration behind School Shooter is that fact that “nobody has ever tried to create a proper game about a school shooting”. Labelling previous attempt Super Columbine Massacre RPG! “fucking boring”, developer “Pawnstick” says the brazen mod is simple “entertainment”, “just a game”.

“It’s not my place to try and teach the world to love again, or to cure society’s ills,” the developer says. “The purpose of video games is to be fun and to provide players with scenarios they can’t (or shouldn’t) re-enact in real life.”

Pawnstick argues that School Shooter offers innocent-killing gameplay and over-the-top slaughter that people already enjoy in games like Grand Theft Auto IV and Bulletstorm, only in a more blunt and brazen way.

The creator also argues that the Source mod might help prevent future school massacres, saying “one of our intents with the game is to make it it’s own sort of exclusive experience: that any angst-ridden kid who has the idea in his head to shoot up his school, who ends up playing the game, finds it amusing enough of a substitute that it keeps them from doing it in real life.”

Even if it doesn’t, School Shooter’s developer says they won’t cave to pressure – as the developer of Auschwitz revenge game Sonderkommando Revolt did – or requests from victims’ families. “The idea that our mod would be solely responsible for an otherwise sane individual becoming suddenly insane is… Well, insane in it’s own right!” Pawnstick argues.

School Shooter: North American Tour 2012, a freely downloadable mod, is planned for a release later this year.

School Shooter: North American Tour 2012 [ModDB]

Inside the Sick Mind of a School Shooter Mod [The Escapist]


    • Yes you can. Something that offends your taste doesn’t become invalid purely for that reason. This is basically the videogame equivilent of Piss Christ.

      If you don’t like it – be a damn adult and just avoid it. Simple.

  • Made to offend pure and simple, there isn’t even any effort in the mod it uses default resources and any good mapper could make it in 5 minutes.

    They just wanted to spread some hate, and well since it’s on Kotaku now aswell they got that.

  • the devs of this need to be executed for real. this is the lowest a human can go. just sick. nobody will buy it. i hope all the people in charge of this get punished in a bad way

    • Firstly, it’s a mod so you won’t be able to buy it – in fact the article says it will be freely downloadable.

      Second, lowest you can go? Really? How about, oh I don’t know, actually shooting up your school maybe?

      You hope they get punished and they “need to be executed” for exercising their right to free speech. Nice.

      This is the kind of thinking that has things like Mortal Kombat and L4D2 banned in Australia. If you don’t like it, don’t play it, simple as that.

  • Way to give more ammunition to people saying video games cause violence
    Not only that the idea is disgusting, don’t even try to attempt to defend it on artistic grounds

  • Its free speech guys. You can’t “execute” or “punish” anyone for it. If you can tell them what they can and cannot ‘say’ (through their artistic medium) what’s to stop someone else telling you what you can and cannot say through yours?

    Of course its in poor taste. Lots of people have poor taste. If this is really the most shocking thing that bedroom game designers can come up with… well they haven’t seen the same Internet that I’ve seen!

    • >Its free speech guys. You can’t “execute” or “punish” anyone for it. If you can tell them what they can and cannot ‘say’ (through their artistic medium) what’s to stop someone else telling you what you can and cannot say through yours?

      Um, yes you can punish someone for their “free speech”. Libel and slander laws are an example. I’m not saying that is the case here, but your blanket statements aren’t correct.

      • Libel and slander laws are very different in different countries. Either way, its entirely irrelevant to this issue so… yes you’ve made a correct and unrelated point.

        Also, the sky often appears blue.

  • …I would not let any kid under the age of 18 play this. No question. Should it be out there. Well I think this is just wrong. Pure and simple.

    The creator is just after easy and simple publicity.

    In 12 months time when they bring out another mod for a different game, game sites (like this one) will say “remember these guys, they made that controversial mod last year etc”. Free publicity. Very very very weak point scoring expertise.

  • This is sick and wrong, and completely indefensible. This is not “art”. This isn’t simply a matter of “if you don’t like it, don’t play it”. This is on the same level as going to a stranger’s funeral and shouting obscene slander about the deceased at all the mourners. The designer cites an intention to make mass-murder of innocents “fun”. He’s an evil-minded cunt who should be kicked in the crotch.

  • This game is completely defensible.

    Plato once argued that Tragedies should be censored because they promote excessive emotions.

    Aristotle disagreed and argued Tragedies allowed people to remove excessive emotions via catharsis.

    These days, modern censors are the Platonists. They argue violent video games promote excessive violent emotions.

    The mod’s makers and anti-censorship activists are the Aristotelians. They argue violent video games allow the player catharsis of their violent urges by being allowed a fictional stress-release.

    As someone that did not enjoy their time in high school and who found violent video games a wonderful catharsis, I agree with the Aristotelians.

    Maybe you can’t “artistically” defend this, but you CAN psychologically defend this. Just like the game Prototype, this thing promises to be FANTASTIC stress relief/catharsis.

    Tasteless? Sure. Offensive? Oh yeah. But as long as it isn’t defamatory/fraudulent, it clearly is an example of free speech.

  • Sure, the guy made a mod which is offensive and wrong in every way shape and form. Both physically and morally.
    However he is allowed to express his ideas however he wants.
    Personally, I’m not going to bother playing it, and I’m not going to even talk about it any further then this comment box.
    I don’t like it, I don’t play it.
    I wish some other people commenting could get that in their heads.

  • he hasn’t infringed on ANYONE’S rights, therefore he shouldn’t have his rights taken away by being thrown in jail and he shouldn’t have his property rights infringed by the angry mob in the form of a fine either. it’s in very poor taste, yes.. but he’s not a criminal.

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